Discover the West End cast for The Jungle

Discover the West End cast for The Jungle

Posted On: Jun 12, 2018
By Parissima Darabiha
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    Following critical acclaim, and a sold-out run at the Young Vic, producers Sonia Friedman Productions, Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold are delighted to announce the full cast for the West End transfer of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s The Jungle, a National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin.

    The production is set in Europe’s largest unofficial refugee camp, the Calais Jungle, which in 2015, became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people. Previewing from 16 June, with World Refugee Day on 20 June, The Jungle will have an Opening Night on 5 July at the Playhouse Theatre, with rehearsal photography released today.

    Transferring from the Young Vic are Mohammad Amiri (Boy), Elham Ehsas (The Kite Runner), Trevor Fox (People, Places & Things), Moein Ghobsheh, Ammar Haj Ahmad (Returning to Haifa), Alex Lawther (South Downs), Jo McInnes (The Children's Hour), John Pfumojena (No One Is An Island), Rachel Redford (The Crucible), Rachid Sabitri (Aladdin), Mohamed Sarrar (The Welcoming Party), Ben Turner (The Kite Runner) and Nahel Tzegai (The Ship's Name).

    New cast members include Tiran Aakel (Burkas And Bacon Butties), Gerard Carey (Half A Sixpence), Alexander Devrient (Die Entuhrung aus dem Serail), Cherno Jagne (Closer), Kiki Kendrick (The Ruffian on the Stair), Freddie Meredith (Fracked!), Sara Mokonen (Who's Culture), Yasin Moradi (Encampment), Jonathan Nyati (Hotel), Dominic Rowan (Stepping Out) and Eric Sirakian.

    The company is made up of actors from around the world: Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, England, Zimbabwe, Syria, Armenia, Congo, Wales, Scotland, The Gambia, Morocco, Lebanon and Germany.

    The Jungle will transfer to the Playhouse Theatre, where the traditional proscenium theatre is undergoing an unprecedented transformation, unlike anything seen in a West End venue before. The stalls have been completely reconfigured to house Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed set design as seen at the Young Vic, where audiences were invited to sit at the benches and tables of the Afghan café in the Calais camp.

    The Playhouse Theatre will also offer the brand new experience of watching from the Dress Circle, which has been renamed “Cliffs of Dover”. Whilst the circle will retain its traditional theatre seating, the unique and intimate experience will be completely unlike anything regular Playhouse Theatre attenders have had before, with views over the dramatically transformed performance space below, which extends beyond the proscenium arch and over the stalls, enhanced by accompanying video screens, relaying close-up ‘live news broadcast’ style footage of some of the action. The in-the-round transformation reduces the capacity of the theatre to under 450 seats. Top price tickets are directly enabling 40% of the house to be priced at £25 and under, and a proportion of tickets will be held off sale to be offered to refugees and targeted groups in order to maximise diversity and accessibility. This is the place where people suffered and dreamed. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation - and of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.

    Official charity partner, Help Refugees, which was established alongside the Good Chance Theatre in the Calais Jungle in 2015, and is now the leading UK NGO in a new movement of International humanitarian aid, will be supported by the production, with fundraising efforts taking place at the venue throughout the entire run.

    At the Playhouse Theatre in London from 16 June to 3 November 2018, book your The Jungle today!